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Women's experience of care in an Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU), following an early miscarriage

Womens experiences of care in an Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit following an early miscarriage 
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Introduction 

Miscarriage is defined as the spontaneous loss of pregnancy before the foetus reaches viability.  Unfortunately, miscarriage is a common complication of pregnancy.  It is estimated that between 10-20% of pregnancies will have a complication and that 25% of women will experience at least one miscarriage in the first trimester of their pregnancy. This accounts for over 50,000 hospital admissions in the United Kingdom annually. For many women, the unanticipated and sudden loss of a pregnancy can be a traumatic and distressing experience; both physically and psychologically.

The Study

This single centre, prospective, qualitative pilot study will explore how women perceive the provision of care and emotional support they receive in an EPAU, following an early miscarriage.  The overall aim of the study is to examine how women are helped to understand, reconcile and make sense of their loss and make informed decisions.  Interviews will be conducted with up to ten women who have experienced their first miscarriage. The key findings of this study will be used to inform a larger study aimed at improving the effectiveness of care for women experiencing an early miscarriage.

The Research Team

This study is based at De Montfort University and the research team is led by Dr Lynn Furber and Wendy Norton, Senior Lecturers in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.

Contact Us

For more information about this study please
contact:

Dr Lynn Furber                                             

Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Rm 7.15, Edith Murphy Building

The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

Tel: 0116 2013974

Email: lfurber@dmu.ac.uk

 

Wendy Norton

Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Rm 8.17, Edith Murphy Building

The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

Tel: 0116 201 3810

Email: wnorton@dmu.ac.uk

 

 

 
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